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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Reality TV

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2006 at 6:04 AM

Washington Post reviewer catches a new Oxygen reality show featuring Shannen Doherty, helping people dump unwanted mates. First episode puts a former Ark. Times intern on camera.

Doherty doesn't do much actual breaking up at all. She winds up serving as a facilitator in a hidden-camera show, which sets up situations designed to determine the character of relationships gone bad.

First up is Tamara Henry, a former Miss Arkansas and ex-TV anchor in Fresno, Calif., who wants to break up with Steve, the biggest jerk to appear on a reality show in weeks.

Steve, whom she's been dating for 16 months, says things like, "We got into a huge fight last night but it was your fault, right, honey?" and "Technically, I'm a lesbian." (Get it, because he's a guy who likes girls? And lesbians like girls, too. Hee-hee.)

In a confusing setup that Tamara is in on, she and Steve arrive at a fake restaurant where an actor portraying a "psychic chef" tries to draw out the worst in Steve. It works.

Doherty watches it all from a TV screen just outside the setting, muttering such things as, "I cant wait to dump you," and "Oh, you're a brute."

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